Coborn’s to Close Montevideo Store 13 Jul 18

(West Central Tribune/Montevideo, MN) — Coborn’s Inc. is closing its Montevideo store at the end of the month.

The West Central Tribune reports company officials told employees of the plans Monday.

Coborn’s closed its pharmacy located in the store Tuesday and transferred its files to the Thrifty White, according to information from the company.

The Coborn’s store is a prominent feature of the Montevideo’s Highway 7 business district. The supermarket also includes an in-store bakery, deli and cafe.

Mayor Debra Lee Fader says. “Everybody is very upset, sad. It is just very, very sad.”

The company says the closing affects approximately 59 employees, including 12 full-time and 47 part-time employees, according to the company.

Coborn’s chairman and president and CEO Chris Coborn in a news release announcing the closing said, “This decision to close the Coborn’s store in Montevideo was difficult and not made lightly. I am thankful to the team in Montevideo for their hard work since this store opened in 2011.”

The company said it is offering the employees one-on-one placement assistance or other roles within the company. It will also offer other transition assistance for those employees where continued employment is not an option.

Based in St. Cloud, Coborn’s Inc. is a 87-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with nearly 8,000 employees and 53 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners, the news released stated.